חַיֵּי שָׂרָה
Chayei Sarah/ Sarah’s Lifetime
Genesis 23:1-25:18
    
  
This Torah portion teaches us about serving, being a bride and a well of living water. Chayei Sarah opens with the death of Sarah and Abraham buys a field and buries his beloved wife, ‘Abraham agreed to Ephron’s terms and weighed out for him the price he had named in the hearing of the Hittites: four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weight current among the merchants.’ Genesis 23:16. ‘Afterward Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre (which is at Hebron) in the land of Canaan. 20 So the field and the cave in it were deeded to Abraham by the Hittites as a burial site.’ Genesis 23:19-20.
     In Genesis 24, Abraham sends his senior servant, back to his land to get a wife for Isaac, ‘…but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac.’ Genesis 24:4. The servant prayed to Elohim that there would be a sign given in regards to the wife that was to be for Isaac.  The sign was serving him at the well.
     Genesis 24:19-21 ‘After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have had enough to drink.” 20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, ran back to the well to draw more water, and drew enough for all his camels. 21 Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey successful.’ Genesis 24:26-27 ‘Then the man bowed down and worshiped the Lord, 27 saying, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.’
     She was to be the bride, a serving bride to be found at a well of living water.

The Bride:
2 Corinthians 11:2 ‘For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Messiah.’
Ephesians 5:27 ‘that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.’
Revelation 19:7 ‘Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.’

To Serve:
Deuteronomy 11:13 ‘So then, obey the commands that I have given you today; love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart.’
John 12:26 ‘Whoever wants to serve Me must follow Me, so that My servant will be with Me where I am. And my Father will honor anyone who serves Me.’
Psalm 119:10 ‘With all my heart I try to serve you; keep me from disobeying Your commandments.’
1 Samuel 12:24  ‘Obey the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart. Remember the great things He has done for you.’
1 Timothy 1:12 ‘I give thanks to Yeshua HaMashiach, who has given me strength for my work. I thank Him for considering me worthy and appointing me to serve Him.’
Psalm 113:1 ‘Praise the Lord! You servants of the Lord, praise His name!’

Living Waters:
John 4:14 ‘…but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life."
John 7:38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'

    Baruch HaShem ~ Rabbi Jay Howard